Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole knows his team is in for a fight when it hosts the defending champion Kentucky Wildcats on Tuesday night. Toole, who could be coaching his last game with the Colonials, compared the first round NIT matchup to Rocky Balboa’s championship bout with Apollo Creed in Philadelphia.
“I feel like Rocky in Rocky 1 who just got his shot against the champions in our home city,” he said on ESPNU’s NIT selection special Sunday evening. “We’re extremely excited.”
Like Kentucky, Robert Morris is disappointed to be playing in the NIT after winning the Northeast Conference’s regular season crown, but the potential to upset a program like UK has the Colonial’s highly motivated to advance. Toole said he expects it to be a “crazy, crazy event” and his team will be prepared for the Cats.
It sounds like they’re amped up to go the distance.